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First Presbyterian dedicates columbarium

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First Presbyterian Church of Alameda has dedicated a new columbarium and paid tribute to Dr. Alan Mitchell, who envisioned a columbarium as an elder in the church.

“For centuries people of faith drew comfort from the ancient practice of burial beside their church building, and in more recent times from the placing of cremated remains within the church,” Pastor Jack Buckley said in dedicating the columbarium on November 7. “Now, in keeping with church tradition, we dedicate this columbarium – a peaceful and beautiful resting place for the members of our congregation and their loved ones.”

The public is invited to visit the church and the columbarium at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays or by appointment. The church is at 2001 Santa Clara Avenue, and its phone number is 522-1477. The church can also be contacted by e-mail, at office@alamedachurch.com.

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Women’s boutique opens Thursday

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The Karousel Boutique and Creativity Center, which will feature products and services created by graduates of the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, opens Thursday on Webster Street.

The boutique, which is at 1523 Webster Street, will be open Thursdays through Sundays through the holidays, commencing regular hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays on January 1. Ten percent of sales from the boutique, which will also host a classroom and community center where graduates will teach a variety of classes, will be donated to the Initiative.

“This boutique has many positive contributions for the community, from providing exposure to Women’s Initiative businesses to helping drive traffic to the Alameda’s Webster Street shopping district,” said Susan Grant, the Initiative graduate and Alameda resident who started the boutique.

The Initiative is a Bay Area nonprofit that provides training, funding and support to low-income women so they can start their own businesses.

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Alameda Point forum is Thursday

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City officials are holding the second of three planned “Going Forward” forums intended to discuss future plans for Alameda Point at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 18 at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue. The two-hour forum is free and open to the public.

More information is available on the city’s new Alameda Point website or by calling Planning Services Manager Andrew Thomas at 747-6881.

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Alameda firefighters host turkey giveaway, sell calendars

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Alameda’s firefighters are holding a turkey giveaway at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 18 in the parking lot at West Marine, 730 Buena Vista Avenue. They’re offering one turkey per Alameda household until supplies run out. Identification proving local residency will be required.

The firefighters are also selling historical calendars for 2011. The calendars will show photos of firefighters who have served the Island since 1876. The calendars are $11 each and can be purchased at local merchants or on the Alameda Firefighters Association’s website.

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Local pastor named advisor to the Republic of Burundi

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Bridge Point Church Pastor Adam Ybarra has been named an international youth development advisor to the Republic of Burundi. The honor was conferred by Dr. Clyde Rivers, the republic’s ambassador to California.

“I was moved and touched with the man’s heart and passion to reach youth,” Rivers said. Ybarra, who also serves as chaplain to the Oakland Raiders, has developed a youth curriculum called RESH 180. He also traveled through Africa with Cleveland Browns defensive end Kenyon Coleman and a group of businessmen, who donated $60,000 toward school and health projects in Burundi and Uganda.

Ybarra, whose church opened in April, also runs a nonprofit organization that is part of the mayor of San Jose’s gang prevention task force.

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